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Ezell's Chicken-- Lake City Way (SEA)

Last year it looked like we were getting our own Ezell's on Lake City Way and ~145th ("coming soon" sign posted)... then we weren't ("For Rent" sign back up)... and now it's BACK. The neon sign is up and hopefully they will be open soon! Yum-- extra spicy chicken with a Faygo soda to wash it down.

(Still no idea what's going on with the Samurai Noodle on the Ave, but that's another thread...)

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  1. Honestly I don't know why people like Ezell's. I've been there 3 times now and each time the chicken is dry and the skin is sort of greasy/rubbery. I wish there was a better place to get broasted chicken. These places are everywhere in the midwest.

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    1. re: JimStr

      how dare you disagree with oprah, sir!! (LOL) - as a southern transplant, i also miss the crispy bird and would even be happy if a branch of church's appeared in my nabe. until then, i have been somewhat happy with chicken valley in the pike place market and am a big fan of their gizzards - they have just branched out somewhat less successfully into seafood but the chicken remains quite passable

      1. re: howard 1st

        There are Church's Chickens in the Tacoma area and Portland.

        1. re: jerryjones

          actually, there's a branch in federal way but that's still way inconvenient - now, when one opens on the hill....

      2. re: JimStr

        I also have been underwhelmed by Ezell's chicken in the past, so haven't had any in years. But the Lake City place is very close to my house, so I decided to give it a try today. I only ordered two spicy thighs (my favorite part of a chicken), and no sides. Much to my surprise, the chicken was delicious. The chicken was lightly battered, the skin was crispy and delicious, and the meat moist and juicy. It may not be the best fried chicken I've ever had (that honor goes to Willie Mae's Scotch House in New Orleans), but it was pretty damn good. I'll definitely return for more, despite the slow service (there was only one person at the counter filling orders).

        1. re: Tom Armitage

          Argh! We tried to go to Willie Mae's when we were there in July - she decided to close for the day right before we got there. Next time!

          I had the exact experience with Ezell's. Was kind of 'meh' about them in the past but had the spicy thighs a couple of weeks ago and loved them. I also loved the potato salad. I'm still 'meh' on the biscuits and the cole slaw though.

          1. re: Lauren

            Try spiking the cole slaw with some cider vinegar. It helps a lot. Like you, I like the potato salad. I also thought the beans were good.

        2. re: JimStr

          Just had to chime because I drove right past it today going through the Starbucks drive-thru. The first time I tried Ezell's I had the spicy breasts and thought they were rather dry. But since then I've switched to getting thighs or wings and they are so much better. Haven't tried their coleslaw, but I do like the rolls and their mashed potatoes and gravy. Their chicken pieces are much bigger than you can get at a grocery store deli or at KFC.

        3. do you know if it's open yet? my boyfriend thought he saw a crowd there like yesterday.

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          1. re: mommy624

            Open since early August. They're still working out some kinks in the system-- sometimes they're understaffed, and they might not have dessert yet. But the chicken was fantastic!

            1. re: chococat

              Does the Lake City place have tables where you can eat? The flagship store does not.

              Can anyone report on their hours?

              Thx.

              1. re: not the bad Steve

                There are a couple of seats at a window counter and maybe a couple of small tables, but there is not a lot of space. Most folks were getting their chicken to-go. Officially they close at 9pm (don't know when they open) but I would suspect that, with their staffing shortage, closing time might be variable based on staff and supply. I would imagine that they're training folks now, so things should be operating more smoothly in the next week or so!

          2. I have been to several of the Ezell's, but the only two that seem to have good chicken consistently is the first on located across from Garfield High School in the Central District and the new store located near the Shoreline area.

            Generally, I will drive to Federal Way and stop by Church's, or go to Renton and have Popeye's Chicken - although they are a bit away from West Seattle, they are both worth the trip.

            Be well,
            Annie

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            1. re: EbonyEyedEnigma

              though it seems traitorous to prefer chains to homegrown, i also prefer the inconvenient popeye's (yea, biscuits!) or even-further church's (yea, okra!) to the overbreaded ezell's - though their success shows that many disagree

              1. re: howard 1st

                Howard 1st,

                Traitorous or not, we all prefer something good to eat when we are paying our hard earned money. Because of this, we cannot be called disloyal to the local chicken chain. Am I right?

                Ezell's is always better during a rush period (ie. lunch or dinner) it is the off hours where I tend to be disappointed with their food not being consistently good.

                I have NEVER had their okra... I think it is because I prefer it mixed with onions, jalapenoes, garlic and tomatoes and not fried in cornmeal. Matter of fact, I do not recall EVER trying fried okra... I may have to try this...

                Be well,
                Annie

              2. re: EbonyEyedEnigma

                There is a Popeye's in Federal Way too.

                1. re: why_itsme

                  Why_its Me,

                  The One in Federal Way is down the street from Costco or Home Depot, right?

                  Be well,
                  Annie

              3. I've never been fond of Ezells, what I do like is Chickie Pub in the Pal-Do World store in Federal Way, Who would have thought that Korean fried chicken was so good. Crisp and juicy. It's a long drive but well worth it.

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                1. re: Bubbamike

                  I haven't tried it, but there is also a Chicky Pub in the Lynnwood Pal-Do World store for those up north.

                  1. re: gmm

                    gmm,
                    the Chicky Pub fried chicken at the Lynnwood Pal-Do world is great!
                    I've become a fan of Korean style fried chicken. I do the regular chicken, not the hot sauced chicken.
                    I just wish it wasn't so expensive.

                    1. re: ritabwh

                      I LOVE Chickie Pub!! Both the regular and the spicy are great. It does take 20 minutes to make--no instant service like Ezell's. But the tofu soup at the place adjacent is good, so we eat that while we wait. You can order Chicky Pub chicken off the menu at the tofu soup place, too. I just wish it wasn't so far from Seattle--it's closer to the Mukeltio highway than it is to Alderwood Mall.

                      Oh and they have the best take out bags ever.

                2. The trick with Ezells is to get there right as the chicken is coming out of the fryer. Lunch, Dinner... Yes you'll have to suffer through the waiting in line and waiting in the post line line, but the chicken is comparably better than after its been sitting under a heat lamp for an hour.

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                  1. re: eyewasframed

                    You're totally right, but it just kills me to stand in that line--makes me want to jump over the counter and ask if I can help with anything.